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  • 5 May 2021 - 30 May 2021Visual Arts/Film

    Here I Made This: Dialogues of Distance by Pollen Collective

    Participating Artists: Luke White, Julie Derbyshire, Rachna Garodia, Kate Lowe, Nazanin Moradi, Harriet Hoult, Isis Ellis, Leonora Lockhart, Amy Robson

    Curated by Vanessa Giorgo

    A group of multidisciplinary artists from London-based Pollen Collective challenge the constraints of the past year, working together to create mixed-media collages, photographs, sculptures, paintings, and installations

    Using technological platforms, socially distant meetings and postal art chains, the artists have been able to make, share and collaborate in the true spirit of a collective.  Despite the practical and existential fears, burdens and constraints of the past year, Pollen Collective artists have produced an uplifting exhibition of handcrafted, enigmatic work.  The historic setting of One Paved Court’s restored Georgian townhouse echoes the show’s themes of domesticity, shelter, and community and showcases innovative, experimental work across a variety of media.

    Artists Talk: Thurs 13 May, 5 pm. Free on Zoom. All welcome. Book via One Paved Court’s website

    One Paved Court event

  • 13 May 2021 - 6 June 2021Choral/Choirs

    Choral Scholarships available

    Thames Philharmonic Choir seeks to appoint four choral scholars (SATB) for the 2021-22 season.  The scholarships are designed for aspiring professional singers aged 18-30, or students in full or part time music education. An annual stipend of £1000 will be paid to each scholar across three terms.

    What we expect from scholars

    • Attendance at weekly Tuesday rehearsals providing confident vocal and musical support for members of the section 
    • Mandatory attendance at the three main concerts of the season
    • Active participation in other musical and social events in the choir calendar e.g. charity carol singing 
    • Occasional help with setting up venues and social media promotion 

    What we can offer scholars 

    • Annual stipend of £1000
    • Opportunities for step-out solos in main concerts (dependent on repertoire)
    • One 1-1 and one group coaching with MD, Harry Bradford, and Accompanist, James Orford 
    • Three ‘Scholars’ Recitals’ a year, proceeds from two of which will go directly to the scholars.
    • Free music hire for the year

    To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter highlighting your current studies or work and future ambitions by email to midnight 6th June 2021.

    Thames Philharmonic Choir event

  • Biology and Light

    by Dr Elinor Thompson, University of Greenwich.

    Zoom meeting. Members will automatically receive a link to this, but others can email for a free link.

    Lectures are about 1 hour long, with opportunities for questions.


    Richmond Scientific Society event

  • 21 May 2021Visual Arts/Film

    This Week’s Recommendation: Out In The Dark

    Title: Out In The Dark

    Israel, 2012

    96 mins, language: Hebrew and Arabic

    Directed by Michael Mayer

    Out In The Dark was the 714th film screened by RFS on 12th November 2013. It was the fourth equal ranked film of Season 51, with an audience rating of 90%. 

    The story tells of the romantic relationship between a young well-connected Israeli lawyer and a Palestinian graduate student with an Israeli study permit. The film avoids simply being a "gay-themed" one by situating their involvement within a wider setting. In the first place each must deal with his family: families unalike in nationality, class, language, culture and religion, but alike in not accepting their son's relationship. But broader social and political situations from which the two young men come pose even more serious obstacles, for the film locates their involvement with one another against the present-day tensions between Israel and the Palestinian Territories. In a way, the individuals become symbols of these two solitudes, each wanting peace and security, but both slow to recognise that their futures are inseparably bound together.

    The film does not lay blame and nor does it examine the righteousness of either cause. But neither does it pull any punches. It is commendable in its honesty in dealing with both Palestinian fanaticism and the heavy-handed apparatus of the Israeli security services. In fact, it even suggests that in the end these play into the hands of one another. Above all, it evokes the atmosphere of fear under which ordinary citizens on both sides of the concrete walls and chain link fences must live and work daily and terrible toll of fear on their personal lives.

    Full film notes available in the Twickenham & Richmond Tribune -

    The film can be streamed from Amazon Prime and discs are available from Amazon and other retailers.

    Richmond Film Society event

  • 22 May 2021Choral/Choirs

    Summer Concert

    An exciting early summer concert will celebrate our return to live performance. Including a range of works chosen by choir members to mark our 20th anniversary in 2020, this concert will also feature a newly-commissioned work by our Assistant Conductor, Paul Ayres, and readings to compliment the theme of the concert performed by members of Richmond Shakespeare Society. Save the date; Saturday 22nd May 2021, in St Mary’s Church Twickenham.

    Full details: 

    Concordia Voices event

  • 22 May 2021 - 5 September 2021Museum/Heritage

    New exhibition at Turner's House: 'Turner's English Coasts'

    Turner‘s House Trust is delighted to announce its second exhibition of original works of art by J.M.W. Turner. The exhibition comprises eleven Turner watercolours and engravings, painted at a time when Turner was at his most popular and commercially successful.

    Turner’s English Coasts focuses on Turner’s engagement with English marine and coastal subjects at a pivotal time in his career when he was living at Sandycombe Lodge, the house he designed and lived in between 1813 to 1826, at Sandycoombe Road, St Margarets, Twickenham TW1 2LR.

    Guest-curator Christine Riding has deliberately selected works which underline the close relationship between Turner’s images of maritime Britain and contemporary print culture. The exhibition includes projects financed by professional engravers and publishers to those instigated by Turner himself. Some were commercially successful (the finished watercolours in the exhibition were and still are highly desirable to art collectors), while others were personal experiments. Crucially, it was through such projects – unprecedented in their breadth and quality – that Turner was to achieve an international reputation.

    Turner’s House Trust are grateful to the Tate for the loan of these paintings.

    Turner's House Trust event

  • 24 May 2021 - 28 May 2021Music/Gigs


    Singchronised is an opportunity for all the primary schools in the Borough to join as one voice across Richmond. During the w/c 24th May 2021 schools are invited to perform a medley of the 4 big songs that they had learnt for the 2020 Primary Singing Festival which was cancelled at the very start of the first lockdown. Singchronised enables pupils to enjoy singing the songs knowing that thousands of children from the local area are also singing with them. Over the course of the week each school will perform the big songs, creating a sequence of performances that will celebrate the return of singing across the Borough.

    Richmond Music Trust event

  • 25 May 2021Museum/Heritage

    Adult Printmaking Workshop

    Tuesday 25th May – 10:00am – 1:00pm – Ticket £50 – BOOK HERE

    Join Local artist Sasa Marinkov exploring Monoprint techniques to recreate the spirit of some of Turner’s landscapes and interiors. We will use his works as inspiration and our own sketches and photographs of Thames river scenery anywhere from Hammersmith to Twickenham. Turner’s Thames studies inspired some of his great Liber Studiorum prints.

    Depending on the current Government guidance, we may meet initially at Turner’s House to draw the interior, before making our prints.

    The workshop will be held at the near ETNA centre where all current safety measures will be in place. All material will be provided, along with refreshments.

    Face coverings will be provided if needed, as well as hand sanitiser. All the material needed for the session will be packed individually for each participant.

    Places are limited. Booking is essential. BOOK HERE.

    Sasa Marinkov lives in Twickenham near the River Thames. She studied Fine Art at Leeds University and Postgraduate Printmaking at Central School of Art and Design. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers (RE).

    Turner's House Trust event

  • Unexplained Mysteries and Cover-Ups by Andy Thomas

    Andy regularly gives lectures to many organisations, both mainstream and ‘alternative’, on subjects including a variety of mystery and historical topics, as well as current events.

    Today Andy Thomas explores some of the most famous global mysteries, finding intriguing linking threads between them. What is the truth about real-life ‘X Files’ – UFOs, ghosts, the Bermuda Triangle, strange creatures, religious apparitions, psychic phenomena and visions of the future? Why do some people insist that ‘the unexplained’ is actively covered-up, and what is the connection to shadowy secret elites and their fascination with ancient symbolism? Are we really told the truth about the world we live in, and if not why not? A lecture guaranteed to spark debate!

    Please contact for the Zoom link

    University of the Third Age (U3A) Richmond event

  • 27 May 2021 - 29 July 2021Drama/Dance/Musicals

    Bolder not Older - the Dance Company for adults 55+

    The Bolder not Older dance company celebrates the artistic integrity of dancers 55+ and challenges preconceptions of what it means to be older. The company provides adults with opportunities to take part in weekly classes, to work alongside professional choreographers, and to develop and perform choreography. We produce three company classes a week in Hammersmith, Richmond and online. The classes are led by an exceptional team of teachers.

    Orleans House Gallery

    Class 1: 10.00-11.00
    Class 2: 11.30-12.30

    1. Thursday 27 May

    2. Thursday 3 June

    3. Thursday 10 June

    4. Thursday 17 June

    5. Thursday 24 June

    6. Thursday 1 July

    7. Thursday 8 July

    8. Thursday 15 July

    9. Thursday 22 July

    10. Thursday 29 July

    £80 per term

    For information email:

    To book:

    DanceWest event

  • 27 May 2021Museum/Heritage

    Behind Marble Hill's closed doors

    Marble Hill House shut in late 2019 and will re-open in spring 2022.

    The long closure will be well worth it. The Friends of Marble Hill will host a free talk from English Heritage on Thursday May 27th from 6-7 pm to give you a glimpse behind closed doors as they update you on progress and share the significant changes in public access, and reinterpretation of the House, that they will deliver.

    To book go to: What’s on – Friends of Marble Hill

    Friends of Marble Hill event

  • 28 May 2021Visual Arts/Film

    This Week’s Recommendation: Broken Circle Breakdown

    Title: Broken Circle Breakdown

    Belgium/Netherlands, 2012

    111 mins, language: 

    Directed by Felix van Groeniengen

    Broken Circle Breakdown was the 745th film screened by RFS on 1st December 2015, garnering an audience rating of 89%.

    The film comprises a powerful love story set in Belgium and told in episodic flashback. He is a bluegrass banjo player and a romantic atheist; she is a tattooist and religious realist. What ensues is a brutally honest romantic melodrama of the highest order, propelled by a soundtrack of foot-stomping bluegrass.

    Broken Circle Breakdown was shortlisted for the Best Foreign Language Film of 2014 and won 37 awards worldwide.

    Full film notes available in the Twickenham & Richmond Tribune -

    The film can be streamed from Amazon Prime and discs are available from Amazon and other retailers.

    Richmond Film Society event

  • 28 May 2021 - 31 May 2021Visual Arts/Film

    Landmark Printmaking Festival 2021

    A real-life exhibition of prints & artists' books is coming to the Landmark Arts Centre this coming Bank Holiday weekend!

    A chance to ease-back into visiting us again and have a great day out. We are so looking forward to seeing you again!

     - Fewer than 15 artists will be physically present with their work, and they will be safe to the side of their stands, with masks on, but ready to chat at a distance about their work.

    - We have lots of other artists involved too but they will be leaving their work on our walls for us to look after and sell for them. This gives you more space to view the artwork and look around without being crowded.

    - Visiting the show is FREE, but we have timed entry slots to keep numbers down, so please book your time-slot online, or call the Landmark for more info.

    - Our wonderful fair cafe (Enjoy! Catering) is back for takeaways; so you can grab a cuppa & some delicious cake and sit outside in our woodland area.

    Entry is free but booking a time-slot is essential. Last entry at 3.30pm. 

    Please note: at this time social distancing measures are still in place. Therefore there will be a maximum of 20 tickets per 15minute time-slot. Please be aware you will need to wear a mask if you are not exempt. 

    To book visit

    or telephone 020 8977 7558.

    Landmark Arts Centre event

  • 28 May 2021 - 28 May 2021Music/Gigs

    Glasshopper plus Amalga

    Our first show of 2021will feature:


    Jonathan Chung - saxophone

    James Kitchman – guitar

    Corrie Dick – drums

    To find out more about Glasshopper please visit


    Inês Loubet - vocals and keys

    Benedict Wood - Guitar

    Jake Burgess - Saxophone and keys

    To find out more about Amálga , please follow them on instagram

    Glasshopper Genre provoking trio Glasshopper, is an exciting young group born out of a love for melody and improvisation. This unit of focused players explore melody and improvisation with complete reverence and abandon, intricately weaving together moments of sonic bliss and euphoric rock-outs. Always aspiring to search for fresh interpretations, the bass-less line up blurs the lines between the jazz, folk and rock realms. Seldom settling, always searching.

    Amálga . Coming together through shared obsessions over African grooves, electronic music and Jazz, Inês Loubet, Benedict Wood and Jake Burgess bring their influences to fruition in Amálga. Originally forming as a Samba trio in 2015, Amálga soon started bending and twisting it’s musical landscape, reorienting towards the music of Björk, Nina Simone and Arthur Russell among others, culminating in original compositions and delicate arrangements at the centrepiece of their influences.”


    The Jazz Sanctuary event

  • 29 May 2021Visual Arts/Film

    Intaglio Printmaking Talk & Demo with Peg Morris

    As part of the Landmark Printmaking Festival 2021, we are delighted to offer this talk and demo with Peg Morris.

    Peg Morris is a local artist & printmaker. She draws, paints, makes etches, collagraphs, lithographs and artists' books. Peg works at Kew Print Studio where she teaches etching.

    Her work is held in the V&A archive, and the Printmakers Council Archive at the Scarborough Art Gallery as well as in private collections across the UK and the rest of the world.

    Intaglio printing is a group of printmaking techniques where the image is incised, or scratched into a surface and those scratches hold the ink for printing. It is the direct opposite of a relief print (linocuts for instance).

    Tickets for this talk & demonstration are very limited as this will be held in-person at the Landmark Arts Centre. Seating will be at safe distance from one another, and masks must be worn unless exempt.

    Your booking for this talk also includes being able to visit the rest of the festival exhibition afterwards.


    To book a place visit: or telephone 0208 977 7558.

    Landmark Arts Centre event

  • 30 May 2021Visual Arts/Film

    Handmade Notebooks Workshop

    As part of the Landmark Printmaking Festival 2021 we are offering a bookbinding workshop for the absolute beginner! 

    We will be making a selection of small notebooks & a gift bag using a combination of folding, sticking & sewing - nothing too complicated! 

    Included in the cost is a wonderful bookbinding tool kit that you can take home afterwards and use again and again. 

    What we'll cover: 

    • How to fold paper for bookmaking
    • Making a simple folded notebook
    • Make a sewn pamphlet with laminated covers 
    • Making a 16 page notebook with a pocket
    • Making a 16 page stab binding notebook
    • Making a simple gift bag to take away all your lovely notebooks! 

    The Binding Kit includes:  Awl (for making holes), Bone Folder, Bookbinding needles, Bookbinding thread,  Instructions/handout

    What you'll need to bring (all other materials & tools will be provided): Small pair of scissors (or scalpel/craft knife & cutting mat), Ruler (preferably metal), Pencil.

    The Tutor: 

    Gill Smith is a local artist who's artwork takes a variety of forms – printmaking (both traditional and digital), layered cut paper collages and artist books.


    To book a place visit: or telephone 020 8977 7558.

    Landmark Arts Centre event

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Arts Richmond Events

Talking Lockdown

zoom meeting

Arts Richmond has organised a series of short Zoom talks from representatives of the arts and media.

Wednesday 12 May 2021 at 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

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Arts Richmond's First Ever Radio Play Writing Competition

Radio Mic

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